41 episodes

How I Write is about helping you find what works best for your own writing. You can read what an author writes anywhere, but only on this show will you hear how they write. This show isn’t just about methods and styles, though. It’s also about what it means to be a writer today. How can you earn a living? What about building an audience? Should you use GPT? How I Write is your compass for navigating these changes. It’s a show by writers, for writers, built for the age of the Internet.
New episodes of the How I Write show go live every week on Apple, Spotify and YouTube.com/DavidPerellChannel.

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How I Write is about helping you find what works best for your own writing. You can read what an author writes anywhere, but only on this show will you hear how they write. This show isn’t just about methods and styles, though. It’s also about what it means to be a writer today. How can you earn a living? What about building an audience? Should you use GPT? How I Write is your compass for navigating these changes. It’s a show by writers, for writers, built for the age of the Internet.
New episodes of the How I Write show go live every week on Apple, Spotify and YouTube.com/DavidPerellChannel.

    Addicted to Distraction | Ted Gioia | How I Write Podcast

    Addicted to Distraction | Ted Gioia | How I Write Podcast

    You may know Ted as a music historian, and the go-to expert on jazz. Or, you may know him as The Honest Broker on Substack. Either way, he’s the most erudite guest this show has ever seen.

    Ted gives a masterclass on the state of our culture at large. What’s up with our obsession with minimalism? Why do we value speed over beauty? Do we even realize that we’re distracting ourselves into oblivion? And, of course, what does this mean for us as writers?

    This episode zooms out to look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. It’s an upheaval of mediocrity, a call-to-arms for the pursuit of excellence. If you’ve been wanting to reclaim the magic, the beauty, and the awe-struck wonder of the written word, this episode is for you.

    WRITE OF PASSAGE:
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    SPEAKER LINKS:
    Website: https://www.tedgioia.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tedgioia
    Newsletter: https://www.honest-broker.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTuRY58GauTM6wHA3_PPWRw
    Books: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Ted-Gioia/author/B001ITVXZS

    PODCAST LINKS: 
    Website: https://writeofpassage.com/how-i-write
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@DavidPerellChannel/videos
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    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2DjMSboniFAeGA8v9NpoPv
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    How Writing Helped Jason Fried Build an 8-Figure Business

    How Writing Helped Jason Fried Build an 8-Figure Business

    Get ready to swap everything you know about business-writing for an unconventional approach that actually works. 

    Basecamp CEO Jason Fried is one of the world’s most successful software entrepreneurs. And he’s unique for the way he challenges the tenets of Silicon Valley startups. 

    He’s bold like Bezos, but relaxed like Buffett. He cares less about “rising-and-grinding” and more about an honest 40-hour work week. He never white-knuckles his ideas, but shares them freely with the world. As a result, he’s transformed how Internet businesses are being built. 

    And it all starts with — you guessed it — getting his best ideas on the page. 

    His founder letters stand out (and they’re his favorite thing to write). Whenever he announces a new product, he releases a letter that does three things: builds a devoted fanbase, ramps up excitement, and sheds light on the purpose behind his products. And in this episode, you’ll learn exactly how he does it. 

    You’ll learn specific business-writing techniques: from storytelling to structure to word choice. You’ll learn how to find your flow, make writing easier, and use writing to start doing things in the world. 

    SPEAKER LINKS: 
    Website: https://world.hey.com/jason
    Twitter: https://x.com/jasonfried
    Medium: https://medium.com/@jasonfried
    Books: https://www.amazon.com/stores/author/B002MQ13PQ

    WRITE OF PASSAGE: 
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    PODCAST LINKS: 
    Website: https://writeofpassage.com/how-i-write
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@DavidPerellChannel/videos
    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-i-write/id1700171470
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2DjMSboniFAeGA8v9NpoPv
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    What’s Wrong with Writing Education? | Ana Lorena Fabrega | How I Write Podcast

    What’s Wrong with Writing Education? | Ana Lorena Fabrega | How I Write Podcast

    From frustrated middle school teacher to Chief Evangelist at Synthesis School. From 46 email subscribers to 165,000. From hating writing to publishing her first book with a major publishing house: The Learning Game. 
    What made all of this possible for Ana Fabrega? 
    She unlearned how to write. 
    In this episode, Ana shares the seven writing principles you should unlearn if you want to fall in love with writing again and reach people with your ideas. Like Ana, your best ideas could have the power to impact hundreds, if not thousands, of people. You just need to share them in a way that resonates. 
    If you’re ready to start making an impact with your ideas, then come learn writing for the modern age. 

    SPEAKER LINKS: 
    Website: https://afabrega.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/anafabrega11
    Book: https://a.co/d/afR9lkc
    Newsletter: https://afabrega.com/newsletter
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msfab_learninglab/

    WRITE OF PASSAGE: 
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    PODCAST LINKS: 
    Website: https://writeofpassage.com/how-i-write
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@DavidPerellChannel/videos
    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-i-write/id1700171470
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2DjMSboniFAeGA8v9NpoPv
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    • 48 min
    Sam Corcos: How Writing Helped This CEO Build a $300m+ Company

    Sam Corcos: How Writing Helped This CEO Build a $300m+ Company

    This is business writing like you’ve never seen it before. 

    Sam Corcos is the founder of a $300 million company called Levels. He’s built a culture of intellectual rigor by hiring excellent writers and giving them time to think on paper. But don’t get it twisted — a successful “writing-first work culture” is far more than grammatically correct Slack messages and the occasional memo. 

    “95% of people would not be happy working in the culture that we’ve built. And the 5% who would be have been looking for this their entire lives.” – Sam

    In this episode, we go deep (and I mean, deep) into what makes business writing work. Sam reveals how to use writing to:

    Create strategic memos

    Solve specific problems

    Make better decisions

    And work twice as fast. 


    If you’re interested in learning how to use writing to scale businesses, this one’s for you. 

    SPEAKER LINKS: 
    Website: http://corcos.io/
    Company: https://www.levelshealth.com/
    X/Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samcorcos

    WRITE OF PASSAGE: 
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    PODCAST LINKS: 
    Website: https://writeofpassage.com/how-i-write
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@DavidPerellChannel/videos
    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-i-write/id1700171470
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2DjMSboniFAeGA8v9NpoPv
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Paul Millerd: Why Writing Is The Path For Self Discovery

    Paul Millerd: Why Writing Is The Path For Self Discovery

    “I’m not writing for you.” 
    This was Paul’s response to a scathing critique that came early in his writing career. Since then, Paul’s book, The Pathless Path, has sold over 50,000 copies and has spurred thousands of writers to forge their own path forward — scathing critiques and all. 
    Writing isn’t about building the biggest readership possible. It’s about connecting with the readers who care. It’s about broadcasting a signal for the kinds of people you want to attract. And in this episode, you’ll learn how to find these people. 
    Paul shares his story from corporate cog to free-spirited wanderer, from blogger to author, from intellectual loner to leader of a thousands-strong community. Flow. Space. Surprise. The joy of finding out. These are just a few phrases Paul uses to describe how he writes. 
    So, what about you? Who are you writing for? If you’re ready to write with a heart on fire and find the people who care, this episode is for you. 

    SPEAKER LINKS:
    Website: https://pmillerd.com
    Twitter:  https://x.com/p_millerd
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pathlesspaul
    Substack: https://substack.com/@paulmillerd
    Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulmillerd/
    Book: https://amzn.to/4aBxEUZ 

    WRITE OF PASSAGE: 
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    https://writeofpassage.com

    PODCAST LINKS: 
    Website: https://writeofpassage.com/how-i-write
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@DavidPerellChannel/videos
    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-i-write/id1700171470
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2DjMSboniFAeGA8v9NpoPv
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Steph Smith: How to Make Your Writing Stand Out

    Steph Smith: How to Make Your Writing Stand Out

    There is an intrinsic interestingness inside of you. But, you’re probably suppressing it. Welcome to 96-minutes of learning how to use your interestingness to stand out online. 
    Speaking of standing out, Steph Smith:

    Hosts a16z, a top five technology podcast

    Taught herself to code and launched multiple websites that hit #1 on Product Hunt

    Sold over $220k in her book launch for Doing Content Right


    Grew The Hustle’s Trends product to millions

    And led HubSpot’s Creator Program.


    (Safe to say that she knows what she’s talking about.) And now, Steph reveals everything she’s learned about creating unforgettable work on the Internet. 
    Millions of people mirror what you do — your job, hobbies, routines — but how you do it is another story. Come learn how to follow your compass of interestingness and stand out online.

    SPEAKER LINKS: 
    Website: https://stephsmith.io/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephsmithio
    Blog: https://blog.stephsmith.io/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniesmith93

    WRITE OF PASSAGE: 
    Want to learn more about the next class Write of Passage?
    Click here: https://writeofpassage.com

    PODCAST LINKS: 
    Website: https://writeofpassage.school/how-i-write/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@DavidPerellChannel/videos
    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-i-write/id1700171470
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2DjMSboniFAeGA8v9NpoPv
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    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

freedmwolf ,

Inspiring and Worth Your Time!

I LOVE this podcast. I haven’t felt this inspired to create and produce meaningful work in a long time. Thank you, Dave and the Write of Passage team, for delivering flawlessly!

MER803 ,

A Legacy in the Making

It’s rare to see a concept get revealed and know it’s going to be big. I held out to make sure it was steak and not just sizzle. It more than checks out.

If you are a writer or a creative personality - you will benefit from listening to this growing library. It praises the benefits of writing in public - but it also just shows how important writing is for everyone. Save some time for reflection.

I know this is overly glowing - and before you ask “did you get paid to write this?” - no, I just want this timestamped review here. Inked approval from someone who listens to A LOT of podcasts.

cj_mccollum ,

Great guests + packed with insights

From the episodes I’ve heard so far, this podcast has a wide mix of different types of guests pursuing different types of writing. It has a high density of insights-per-minute (ex: Derek Thompson defining interesting as “novel and important”. So simple!) Great show so far, excited to see how it progresses

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